Who is Drag0nista?

Picture06[2]Drag0nista is the pseudonym I took when I first started to tweet and blog in 2009, now it’s more of a pen name.

My name is Paula Matthewson.

I’ve worked in and around politics for over 30 years, including four years as a Liberal media adviser from 1989 to 1993. Most of that time I worked for John Howard (after he lost the leadership in 1989), but I also worked briefly for Richard Alston in the latter half of 1993.

I mention this as a disclosure, not a credential.

Since then I’ve undertaken no paid or volunteer work for the Liberal Party, nor have I ever been a member. I don’t support any political party and I don’t vote. I have however been actively involved in Australia’s democratic processes for over thirty years, and continue to do so now as a freelance writer and columnist on federal politics.

In addition to producing weekly columns and articles about politics, I also write for corporate and government clients – anything from speeches and communication strategies to posts for social media. To avoid any real or implied conflict of interest I don’t tweet, blog or comment on issues that directly involve my clients or projects.

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 9.30.32 amMy views are my own and not defined by any past or present employers. I’ve worked for the Australian Coal Association as well as the Department of Climate Change on the Clean Energy Future campaign. More recent projects have been associated with renewable energy technologies and educating the community on climate change. My employment history is publicly available here.

I write weekly for the New Daily and on a regular basis for Crikey. I also had a weekly column with ABC’s The Drum before it was disbanded. I write for other publications on an occasional basis and participate regularly on RN Sunday Extra’s Outsiders panel.

If you’d like to get in touch, I can be contacted here.